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David Pettit

David is a physiotherapist with an interest in the treatment of the body as a whole entity, rather than its individual parts. He has a keen interest in the back, pelvis and sporting injuries,  and also in injury prevention. David can provide assessment, treatment and care of a variety of conditions and injuries including sports injuries, acute and chronic back and neck pain as well as general musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

David has completed both undergraduate degrees in sports science and physiotherapy, graduating in 2004. David is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in sports physiotherapy from Sydney University.

Dr Asa Kenworthy

Dr. Asa Kenworthy is a Clinical Psychologist with excess of 20 years clinical experience working in both public and private practice settings. Asa has presented at international conferences and has been a regular guest lecturer in team/group processes at Griffith and Bond University.

Dr Graham Rice

Dr Graham Rice is a Consultant Pain Specialist, Psychiatrist and Anaesthetist, and has presented at many national and international conferences with his ‘pathways’ method of managing persistent pain. Dr Rice has over forty years of medical experience in the field of pain medicine, pain psychiatry and the management of co-morbidities.

Dr Kym Boon

Dr Kym Boon is a Pain Medicine Specialist and Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, over 20 years’ experience in clinical medicine with special interest in Pain Medicine, Pain Psychiatry, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Dr Boon has presented in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine conferences and has publications in areas of Medical Education and Addiction Medicine.

Renee Meffan

Renee is a dance physiotherapist with an interest in the hip and pelvis. After graduating, Renee worked at sports clinics in Melbourne before touring for 6 years as head physiotherapist with the Walt Disney Production Company, on shows including The Lion King and Aladdin. Renee aims to reduce the amount of time off from sport or work due to injury and finds ways to manage an injury with the least amount of disruption to your usual routine and commitments.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Doctorate of Physiotherapy, and is a course instructor for Clinical Pilates.

Joe Roberts

Joe is a physiotherapist that has worked across the public health network prior to transitioning to private practice.  His clinical interests are varied, from acute injury management through to chronic pain. Joe has a special interest in sports injuries, chronic pain and exercise prescription. Joe utilises manual therapy, dry needling, education and exercise (including clinical pilates) within his physiotherapy treatments.

Joe has also completed his post graduate diploma of Veterinary Physiotherapy and is currently undertaking his masters through Liverpool University, allowing him to treat our animal friends as well!

Joe graduated in 2004 from the University of Melbourne.

Steven Wynia

Steven is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in private practice, having worked in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Steven treats all general injuries and is specialised in treating acute or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis of the neck, thoracic or lower spine. Steven provides hands on treatment consisting of soft tissue release, mobilisation and home exercises.

Steven graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Anna Wood

Anna is a physiotherapist with an interest in sport and sport related injuries. She has been to 4 Olympic Games as an athlete and to one Olympics as a staff member. Anna is very passionate in keeping people active and healthy as they mature and likes to contribute positively to her clients long term health, well-being and quality of life.

Anna has been practicing for 30 years and holds a Masters Degrees in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy.

Patrick Green

Patrick is a physiotherapist with a clinical focus in musculoskeletal private practice which has allowed him to gain extensive experience with a wide variety of patients and conditions including elite level athletes, professional dancers, industry and office workers, children and the elderly. His special interest areas include persistent and recurring pain, injuries to the shoulders and knees, as well as headache and migraine treatments.

Patrick graduated in 2013 and holds a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania.

Jon O’Dwyer

Jon is an Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years experience working in rehabilitation, athletic and normal population settings. Jon is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Tactical Strength & Conditioning Coach (TSASCA) . Jon is an integral member of Core’s injury rehabilitation team with a highly successful track record of creating and delivering effective exercise interventions for post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic disease management and industrial strengthening & work hardening for injured workers. He has rehabilitated workers from a wide variety of industrial and military occupations, ensuring their ability to confidently return to physically demanding roles. Jon also has considerable experience as an athletic strength and conditioning coach working with elite adolescent and young adult athletes; using proven testing protocols, strength and speed & agility programs to gain the performance outcomes they need to succeed at the highest of sporting competitions.

Jon graduated in 2005 and holds a combined bachelor of Human Movements (BAppliSci (HMS)) and Business Management (BBusMgmt) from QUT.

James Sheehan

James has a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries including sports injuries, knee and ankle strains and has a strong background in Clinical Pilates.

James graduated in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Ashlea De’Cent

Ashlea is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. She has a passion for helping people get back to being pain free and doing what they love to do.

Ashlea can perform a range of treatment techniques individually tailored to your needs. These may include exercise prescription, manual therapy, strapping, clinical pilates, hydrotherapy and injury prevention and maintaining independence education. She is a strong believer in holistic treatment and will support you through your journey, progressing you from hands on treatment to return of function.

Ashlea graduated in 2017 and holds a Master of Physiotherapy (Griffith University) and a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Griffith University).

Thomas Cyprian

Thomas is a Physiotherapist with a key interest in sports injuries and all musculoskeletal conditions including pre and post op rehabilitation. Thomas is an integral part of our mobile rehabilitation team with both hydrotherapy and gym based rehabilitation becoming a key part of his clinical work.

Thomas graduated in 2018 having completed a dual degree in exercise science and physiotherapy at Griffith University.

Cornelius Lo

Cornelius is a passionate and enthusiastic physiotherapist with an interest in persistent pain presentations and functional movement rehabilitation through exercise. He has an exercise background in gymnastics and regularly exercises on the gymnastic rings (for fun!!)

Cornelius graduated in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (honours) from the University Of Queensland.

 

Johnny Tawhara

Johnny is a physiotherapist with extensive knowledge of sporting injuries, chronic pain, exercise prescription and work related injuries. He has applied his interest in Sports Physiotherapy, not just clinically, but also outside the clinic, with many years involvement as physio to sporting teams such as the Coomera Crushers Rugby Union team and elite athletes such as the national champions in Mixed Martial Arts. Johnny is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, whether it be as an elite athlete, weekend warrior or the non-athletically inclined!

Johnny graduated in 2011 from The University of Otago. He then obtained a Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2015 and a Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 2017. In 2019 Johnny completed a postgraduate Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Ray Koppe

Ray graduated from the University of Queensland and spent three years as Head Physiotherapist at the Bundaberg General Hospital. Ray previously owned private practices in Bundaberg and Noosa, working across all areas of physiotherapy including antenatal and women’s health, spinal mobilisation, postoperative care and pain relief. Ray has studied in and practices a combination of Maitland, McKenzie and Mulligan style treatments. Ray has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Sports Medicine whilst working with AFL teams in Noosa and running an after-hours drop in clinic for sports injuries.

Ray is also as a highly qualified Acupuncturist. He has studied in China and New Zealand and holds acupuncture qualifications from Queensland, NSW and RMIT Melbourne.

Over the many years of general practice including his years at Banyo Physiotherapy, Ray has gained an increasing interest in aged care and pain control,  with an emphasis on treating preventatively and maintaining mobility.

Jeremy Putman

Jeremy is a physiotherapist with a love of sport and fitness that developed into a focus of helping people return to activity as quickly as possible. He incorporates resistance-based exercise into the management and rehabilitation of injuries. Jeremy likes to use clinical pilates and manual techniques in his treatments and addresses patient care with a holistic approach. Other key interests are chronic pain, headaches, low back pain and pre and post-operative spinal surgery management.

Jeremy graduated in 2017 and holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University. He also has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from the University of Sydney.

 

Kial Hulls

Kial is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in musculoskeletal injury diagnostics, management and rehabilitation. He uses a combination of the most recent evidence based manual therapy techniques and targeted exercise prescription to obtain optimal results. Being heavily involved in sport from a young age provided Kial with a great appreciation for how our bodies can perform when feeling strong, but most importantly, how an injury can not only affect sporting performance but also the seemingly simple day to day tasks.

He provides a tailored and individualised treatment to everyone, whether you’re having trouble managing daily activities, an athlete who feels they just aren’t performing to their best, or someone who can’t currently work to their full capacity.

Kial Graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and in 2017 with a Master of Physiotherapy, both from Griffith University.

 

Valentine Akem

Valentine is a physiotherapist who initially worked within private practice in North Queensland and was the head Physiotherapist for local rugby league and AFL clubs. He then completed a two year period working in the United Kingdom within the private and public sector. Val gained invaluable experience treating and developing management plans for injuries of varying complexity. He uses an active based rehabilitation approach in conjunction with manual therapy techniques to help clients get back on top of things.

His clinical interest areas include neck and back pain, sporting injuries – particularly lower limb, postural related headaches and pain (desk work, study etc), post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation and tendon pain.

Valentine graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University.

Laura Fraser

After graduating Laura worked extensively as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice where she acquired a special interest in Women’s Health. She incorporates a range of manual treatment techniques with individualised exercise programs including clinical pilates and hydrotherapy to improve pain and movement for many conditions.

Laura also followed her passion of working with children and families into the Education system where she specialised in paediatrics for almost 9 years. Laura worked with a multitude of different childhood conditions affecting movement in children. She focuses on achieving movement milestones in infants, developing gross motor abilities in the areas of strength, balance, coordination and ball skills in school-aged children and strength and conditioning training for teenagers. Laura also has a special interest working with children with disabilities including conditions with physical impairments to maintain range of movement and improve strength, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder and the importance of sensory motor integration in the development of gross motor skills.

Laura graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science (double degree) from Griffith University.

Matt Roser

Matt is a physiotherapist with over 10 years experience and is a credentialed therapist in the renowned Mckenzie method.

Matt has provided refined clinical expertise and treatment methods across a diverse range of settings, providing an individualised and hands-on approach to the New Zealand Defence Force, onsite occupational work sites and working with both international and professional sporting teams. His special interests include treating spinal and sporting injuries, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries, ergonomics, functional rehabilitation programs and vocational/occupational rehabilitation management.

Matt graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, completing his Post-Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation at the Auckland University of Technology in 2015.

Nick Dodemont

Nick is a physiotherapist with a strong sporting background having previously worked as a physiotherapist to the Brisbane Roar FC (Youth Development).

Prior to joining Core in early 2014, Nick worked extensively in the field of occupational physiotherapy within the construction industry, as the head physiotherapist on the largest construction site in Australia (and one of the largest in the world). His special interests include sports rehabilitation and occupational rehabilitation. Able to treat all areas, Nick has a keen interest in the neck, lower back and knees, and rehabilitation from initial onset through to higher level gym programs and return to sport and work.

Nick graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland.

Read Nick’s latest blog on Posture and Headaches here!

Drew Singleton

Drew Singleton is an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist and Occupational Rehabilitation provider with 20 years clinical experience in private practice.  His role as Clinical Coordinator focuses on steering Core’s interdisciplinary team towards best-practice management of patients presenting with complex musculoskeletal injuries, and persistent pain presentations. Drew has completed a Post Graduate Masters of Medicine (Pain Management) from Sydney University, is an active member of several Australian Pain Rehabilitation Organisations, and holds guest lecturer/leadership roles at various professional organisations across Queensland.

Donna McCook

Donna McCook, Director at Core Healthcare Group, Senior Physiotherapist, Spinal Biomechanist, and Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Donna provides both clinical services and training plus mentorship to our clinical staff, specialising in the areas of complex spinal, shoulder and lower limb injury treatment, management and rehabilitation.

Donna has completed Post Graduate Qualifications in Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology having completed PGD Manipulative Physiotherapy, a Masters in Health Science, a PGD in Clinically Applied Exercise Science, and has been a PhD Candidate focusing on motor control changes in the presence of Low back Pain while working at UQ as a Lecturer for a period of 7 years. She continues to conduct seminars both nationally and internationally on back and shoulder clinical presentations, clinical reasoning and evidence based rehabilitation.

Donna treats a vast range of injuries and conditions, including acute neck and lower back injuries, chronic / persistent back presentations that have failed to recover with conservative means, laminectomies, microdiscectomies, lumbar decompressions, anterior cervical fusion. In shoulders: persistent impingement, “bursitis”, post acromioplasty, shoulder reconstruction, rotator cuff repairs, instability / labral repairs, and biomechanical problems.

A further special interest area that Donna has been involved in over the past 20 years has included function and fitness / energy recovery following cancer treatment. Donna welcomes clients that are undergoing or have completed cancer treatment to assist in designing an exercise and activity program to help with recovery. She will link with your medical team to ensure program designed is suitable and safe for your phase of treatment and / or recovery.

Special Interests/Areas of Expertise:
Post Operative Spinal and Orthopeadic Rehabilitation – Spinal, Shoulder and Lower Limb
Acute / Chronic Back and Neck pain : Injury / Biomechanical Assessment, Treatment, Rehab and Recovery
Complex Injury Management Services
Involvement in Persistent Pain Management and Complex Spinal Injury Triage Clinics/Programs
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based exercise including biomechanical assessment and rehabilitation
Cancer / Oncology Rehabilitation

Joel McPhee

Joel joined Core Healthcare in 2010 as a graduate, becoming a Partner in 2015. Joel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, having worked in both private and occupational rehabilitation. Joel has a strong sports science background having worked with local, national and international sporting teams. Joel is a passionate rugby union fan supporting his home team the Highlanders where he grew up in Invercargill, New Zealand. Yes he’s a kiwi!

Joel completed a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) double majoring in Sport Science and Exercise Prescription; and a double degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. He also has a Masters in Physiotherapy (MPhtySt) from the University of Queensland and is an Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Joel enjoys spending time getting outdoors and keeping active with his wife and two daughters.

Clinically, Joel has extensive experience in workcover / workplace injury assessment and treatment as well as rehabilitation of all injuries and conditions including sports, spinal, shoulder and lower limb, persistent pain and functional rehabilitation (hydro and gym based exercise programs).  He also heads up our Core Sports Physiotherapy program and is heavily involved in the mentoring of our clinical staff.

 

Expertise in:
Sports Injury Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation – Spinal, Shoulder and Lower Limb
Persistent Pain and Complex Injury Management Services
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based exercise programs

Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart is a Senior Physiotherapist and Injury Management Advisor with Core, who brings over 10 years’ experience in clinical private practice in musculoskeletal, persistent pain and neurological rehabilitation. Greg also holds a degree in Biomedical Science previously working in both a hospital and research setting in cardiac sciences.

Greg specialises in the evaluation and treatment of spinal, shoulder and lower limb including pre and post operative rehabilitation protocol prescription (inclusive of hydro and gym based exercise programs) as well as persistent pain and complex injury management.

Greg is involved with several industries and organisations in providing early intervention triage and treatment for work related injuries including exercise prescription and advice regarding body mechanics, movement precautions and work restrictions. He has worked closely with many occupational physicians performing pre-employment and functional capacity assessments along with injury management and return to work planning.

Greg’s role as a partner with Core Healthcare enables him to assist in driving the partnerships with specialist and local and larger businesses to provide premium services in physiotherapy to the Northern and Southern Gold Coast Regions. This includes both clinical treatment and offsite rehabilitation for Workcover QLD and NSW, SIRA, Sonic Healthcare, Suncorp and Allianz.

 

Expertise in:
Post Operative Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation – Spinal, Shoulder and Lower Limb
Persistent Pain and Complex Injury Management Services
Involvement in Persistent Pain Management and Complex Spinal Injury Triage Clinics/Programs
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based exercise including biomechanical assessment and rehabilitation

About Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres

Founded in 2002, Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres is a physiotherapy-lead allied health company committed to providing clients with comprehensive assessment and treatment programs in a warm and friendly environment. With multiple clinics across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast, our services include musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, back and neck rehabilitation, paediatric physiotherapy, exercise physiology, psychology, clinical pilates and hydrotherapy.

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Multiple locations across Brisbane,Logan and the Gold Coast

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